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The Canadian Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Association elects new Chair, Vice-Chair and Board of Directors for 2022-23

Oct, 14 2022

VANCOUVER – The Canadian Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Association (CHFCA) is pleased to announce the election of a new Chair, Vice-Chair and Board of Directors for 2022-23.

Sabina Russell, who previously served as Vice-Chair, has been elected as Chair of the Board. As Vice President of Clean Fuels at HTEC, Sabina is a professional mechanical engineer with 25 years’ experience in the hydrogen sector in a range of technical and commercial roles. Sabina has been on the CHFCA Board of Directors since 2020 and has served as Vice-Chair for the past year.  Prior to joining HTEC, Sabina was the Principal and co-founder of Zen Clean Energy Solutions. She led the firm’s project management department, with a focus on consortium-based projects deploying clean and zero-emission technologies. She also led Zen’s hydrogen strategy work, including the Hydrogen Strategy for Canada on behalf of the Government of Canada, as well as a Maritimes Hydrogen Study for OERA and the BC Hydrogen Study. Prior to starting Zen, Sabina worked with Ballard Power Systems for over 18 years. She ended her tenure at Ballard as Director of Engineering, responsible for developing Ballard’s fuel cell stack and system products. At HTEC, Sabina is responsible for the Clean Fuels department, involving production and liquefaction asset development, production services and partnerships, as well as plant operations.

Elected to the position of new Vice-Chair is Michel Archambault, Vice-President of Hydrogen and Clean Fuels at Evolugen by Brookfield Renewable.  In his role, Michel leads Evolugen’s hydrogen and clean fuels’ project pipeline, offering customers and partners with decarbonization solutions to advance Canada’s low-carbon future. With 20 years of experience in the hydrogen sector, Michel has held various leadership positions in Europe and North America, focused on hydrogen production with electrolyzers and fuel cells. In his last role, Michel was the Commercial Director of the Electrolyzer Business Unit of Cummins for the region of the Americas. Michel is co-founder and chair of Hydrogène Québec and co-Chair of the Association québécoise de la production d’énergie renouvelable (AQPER)’s Hydrogen Committee. Both associations were consulted by the government for the elaboration of their hydrogen and bioenergy strategy. He is a member of The Ordre des ingénieurs du Québec (OIQ) and is a registered Professional Engineer in Ontario (PEO).

Returning board members include past chairs Nicolas Pocard, Ballard Power Systems, Francois Girard, National Research Council and Robert Artibise, Unilia Canada Fuel Cell; Dr. Sam Suppiah, Canadian Nuclear Laboratories (CNL); Edward Stuart, Hydrogen Optimized; Jessica Lof, Air Products Canada; Kelly Grieves, Atura Power; Sam McDermott, Enbridge Gas; Elizabeth Buckmaster, Hatch; Sylvain Labonté, Hydro-Québec; Grace Quan, Hydrogen in Motion; Sunny Minhas, Intertek; Ethan Hugh, Loop Energy; Alan Tan, Next Hydrogen; Nicolas Laroche, Permascand; Philip Horacek, Powertech Labs; Jojo Delos Reyes, Red River College; Christopher Norris, Siemens Energy Canada; Jamie Humphries, Toyota Canada and Dr. Walter Mérida, University of British Columbia.

New members joining the CHFCA board for 2022-23 include Alex Savelli, Cummins; Karla Palardy, TC Energy; Frank Carnevale, Alkaline Fuel Cell Power; Simon Fraser, AVL Fuel Cell Canada; Will Trower, ArcelorMittal Long Products Canada; Trevor Swan, Bighorn Energy; David Johnston, CEM Engineering; Marie-France Gravelle, GHD; Friedrich Dehem-Lemelin, Hydrolux; Dr. Agatha E. Ojimelukwe, Northern Alberta Institute of Technology; Dr. Bruno G. Pollet; Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières; Mark Kirby and Geoff Budd, G&S Budd Consulting;

The new board began its 1-year tenure on October 13.


About the Canadian Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Association (CHFCA)

The Canadian Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Association (CHFCA) is a national association that supports industry, academia, government agencies, financial organizations and other stakeholders focused on hydrogen and fuel cell technologies and products.  As the collective voice of Canada’s world-leading hydrogen and fuel cell sector, the CHFCA’s mission is to strengthen Canadian leadership, raise awareness of the benefits of the technology, and accelerate the adoption of its members’ products and services in Canada and abroad.  The CHFCA currently has more than 170 members across Canada and regional affiliates in British Columbia, Alberta, Quebec and Ontario. You can also follow CHFCA on Twitter at @PoweringNow or visit for more information.

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